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July 12, 2012

Only a Forum, Not a Debate

Rogers County GOP changes format for candidates visit

CLAREMORE — Despite recent reports that Saturday’s  GOP candidate forum in Claremore will be a debate, the event’s format has changed.

In a statement emailed last week by the District 2 GOP Chairman Tom Montgomery, he clearly stated the event will be a debate. 
However, after a failure to get the debate format finalized and approved, the event continued as originally planned as a forum, according to Gina Spiers, District 2 Vice Chairman. 
Each candidate will be participating in the event and answering questions that have been submitted by members of the party.
The candidates will have 10 minutes to speak to the crowd.
Exactly why the debate format was scrapped is still unclear, as GOP officials are not releasing additional information at this time.
It is clear that Montgomery was previously promoting the event as a debate as recent as last week.
“We are excited to announce that instead of the usual stump speeches from our two great candidates MarkWayne Mullin and George Faught, they’ve now agreed to a debate,” Montgomery said in the email. “This will give you a different look at the candidates and give you a chance to submit a topic and/or question.”
However, representatives from the campaigns have different opinions on exactly how the event was originally scheduled.
Regardless of the scheduling details the candidates will both be making an appearance and answering submitted questions.
“We are asking that the County Chairs in District 2 request and gather questions from those in their county party and submit them for consideration. We need those as soon as possible to be ready for Saturday’s debate. You may e-mail those to:,” Montgomery said. “Lunch will be served at 11 a.m. and we will start the debate at 11:45 a. m. There is a five-dollar charge for lunch per person.

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